HBO’s “True Detective” made its long-awaited return Sunday night – to significantly smaller numbers than its previous two seasons.
The crime series kicked off its third season with back-to-back episodes, the first of which scored a 0.5 rating in adults 18-49 and 1.44 million viewers, while the second posted a 0.3 with 1.19 million viewers. That is down considerably from the 1.4 and 3.17 million viewers the show’s second season premiere scored in June 2015, and from how its first season premiere (1.0, 2.33 million) performed in Jan. 2014.
However, considering how much TV viewing has changed just in the last four years, “True Detective” still did well for itself Sunday night. Only time will tell, though, if the show can manage to stay even or grow in the coming weeks, like several of HBO’s other recent miniseries have.
In other news, TLC’s “90 Day Fiance” took the night’s no. 1 spot again and maintained a 0.9 with the first part of its “Tell All” special. Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta” came second with a 0.9 as well, up a tenth from its previous 0.8. Meanwhile, the finale of “Dirty John” saw the drama series rise to a series high in 18-49 (0.6) and in viewers (1.84 million).
Outside of the top 25, Starz’s “Outlander” held onto its previous 0.2, and grew to its biggest audience of the season so far, with 1.27 million viewers. The season finale of Showtime’s “Ray Donovan” (0.2) similarly held steady in the demo, and managed to hit a new season high in viewers (1.21 million).
Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Sunday, January 13, 2019
|Show||Net||Time||Total viewers (000s)||18-49 rating|
|90 DAY FIANCE: TELL ALL||TLC||8:00 PM||2,668||0.9|
|REAL HOUSEWIVES ATLANTA||BRAVO||8:00 PM||2,228||0.9|
|MARRIED TO MEDICINE||BRAVO||9:00 PM||1,641||0.6|
|DIRTY JOHN||BRAVO||10:00 PM||1,839||0.6|
|WORST COOKS||FOOD||9:00 PM||1,792||0.6|
|NFL COUNTDOWN||ESPN||10:00 AM||1,284||0.5|
|TRUE DETECTIVE||HBO||9:02 PM||1,442||0.5|
|PREMIER LEAGUE – MANCHESTER UNITED/TOTTENHAM||NBC SPORTS||11:26 AM||876||0.4|
|BEACHFRONT BARGAIN HUNT||HOME||8:00 PM||1,603||0.4|
|BEACHFRONT BARGAIN HUNT||HOME||8:30 PM||1,646||0.4|
|BAHAMAS LIFE||HOME||9:30 PM||1,716||0.4|
|BAHAMAS LIFE||HOME||9:00 PM||1,660||0.3|
|ISLAND LIFE||HOME||10:00 PM||1,635||0.3|
|THE LAKE ERIE MURDERS||INVEST||10:00 PM||1,446||0.3|
|TRUE DETECTIVE||HBO||10:01 PM||1,188||0.3|
|NFL PRIMETIME||ESPN||7:50 PM||823||0.3|
|EVIL LIVES HERE||INVEST||9:00 PM||1,493||0.3|
|SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND||ESPN||9:00 AM||734||0.3|
|TIGTONE||ADULT SWIM||12:00 AM||712||0.3|
|RETURN TO AMISH||TLC||10:00 PM||1,045||0.3|
|SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND||ESPN||10:00 PM||721||0.3|
|THE A&E MOVIE||A&E||8:00 PM||1,153||0.3|
|ALASKA: THE LAST FRONTIER||DISCOVERY||9:00 PM||2,206||0.3|
|SPORTSCENTER 12AM||ESPN||11:00 PM||614||0.3|
Source: The Nielsen Company.